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Medieval women used informal social networks to share health problems and medical advice | Media Centre

In the medieval period, medical science was still dominated by the ancient writings of Hippocrates from the fifth century and Galen of Pergamon from the second century. Research has shown that women were increasingly being taken seriously as healers and as bearers of wisdom about women’s bodies and health. But despite this, men were preferred while women faced restrictions.

Informal networks developed in response, as a way for women to practise medicine in secret – and pass on their medical wisdom outside the male bastions.

The Distaff Gospels, first published in France around 1480, is a collection of “gospels” around pregnancy, childbirth and health. It was created during secretive meetings of French women who had gathered with their drop spindles and distaffs to spin flax.

These women, who were mostly from the regions of Flanders and Picardy, agreed to meet over the long nights between Christmas and early February to gather the wisdom of their ancestors and pass it on to the women who came after them. The meetings are believed to have been organised by a local villager who selected six older women, each chairing one night, who would recount their advice on a range of topics such as pregnancy, childbirth and marriage.

A scribe was appointed to record the advice, which had previously only been preserved through the oral story tradition of peasant women. What is most fascinating is that although the text is mediated by a male scribe, The Distaff Gospels presents the often-silent voices of the lower working-class women. One such gospel advises:

Young women should never be given hares’ heads to eat, for fear they might think about it later, once they are married, especially while they are pregnant; in that case, for sure, their children would have split lips.

‘Deviant women’

The advice

Manitoba announces pilot project at Health Sciences Centre aimed at reducing wait times – Winnipeg

A pilot project aimed at reducing wait times in the emergency department at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre (HSC) is the first step toward fixing health care in the province, Manitoba’s health minister said Friday.

The four-week trial program is funding an additional physician at HSC’s minor treatment clinic, Health Minister Uzoma Asagwara said, to help respond to surging patient volumes.

The clinic is geared toward patients with non-urgent issues, those referred from the emergency department, and walk-in patients without primary care providers.

“Addressing the wait times in our emergency rooms is the first and most critical step in our plan to fix health care after years of damage,” Asagwara said.

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“This clinic is located near the emergency department and offers quality care for families and seniors with less acute needs. Now, these services will be more accessible to suit Manitobans’ busy lives.

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“This initiative will add immediate capacity to the health-care system and help families get care quicker. It will help to relieve the pressure on the emergency department and free up space for Manitobans who need it most.”

Asagwara said the clinic is also providing initial follow-up care to patients with the goal of being able to discharge patients more quickly and to slow down hospital admissions by providing outpatient care.

In a statement Friday, HSC’s chief medical officer Dr. Manon Pelletier called the plan a “successful model” and said the clinic has been a valuable addition to the hospital and community.

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Winnipeg nurse says ‘someone will die’ after Health Sciences Centre ER experiences 30-hour waits

A nurse at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre is sounding the alarm on the situation in the hospital’s adult emergency department.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday, the Manitoba Nurses Union shared an email it received from a nurse who said the HSC’s adult ER is “drowning” as wait times recently hit more than 30 hours and some patients were left unmonitored in hallways.

“These are practices we’ve never stooped to before, and to be clear, not a single nurse is comfortable with this. Someone will die unnecessarily,” the post says.

There were 164 patients who sought care at HSC’s adult ER over the weekend, of whom 119 were seriously ill, resulting in a temporary over capacity of the hospital’s six resuscitation beds, a Shared Health spokesperson told CBC News on Monday.

Staff shortages, a lack of beds and respiratory illness season are some of the factors contributing to overwhelmed emergency rooms across the province, said Darlene Jackson, president of the Manitoba Nurses Union.

“The situation has been dire for a very long time, but it is definitely getting worse every day,” Jackson told the CBC.

About 2,800 nursing positions in the province are currently vacant, Jackson said.

“It’s just got to the point where it is now the nurses are saying: ‘We can’t sustain this any longer. This is not safe,'” she said.

What concerns Jackson the most are the patients being moved into unmonitored spots in the hospital to make room for even more critically ill patients, she said.

“I know that the nurses are absolutely sick about having to do that, because they know the care that those patients require.”

Patients at the HSC’s adult emergency department experienced 3.65 hour median wait times in October, which is a slight increase from 3.38 hours a year

Health Sciences Centre ER had no monitored beds open when person died waiting for care: report

A patient who died waiting for care in a hallway at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre was not transferred to a monitored bed due to lack of available space in the emergency department, according to a critical incident review into what could have prevented his death. 

That review, released on Friday, was conducted after a patient died at HSC’s emergency medical services arrivals hallway on Feb. 27, about an hour after arriving at the hospital by ambulance.

He was assessed upon arrival, but his condition deteriorated and staff were unable to revive him, the report says.

His death was declared a critical incident, which is defined by the province as a case where people have suffered “serious and unintended harm” while receiving health care.

The review found that “patient flow challenges” prevented the man from being put into a monitored bed, which is a bed with a heart monitor attached, noting that the hospital was dealing with twice its usual number of critically ill or injured patients at the time. 

This spike in admissions around the time the man arrived at the hospital exacerbated pre-existing challenges in the emergency department’s capacity, according to the report.

HSC — the largest hospital in Manitoba — has opened up six more medicine beds recently to help with overcrowding issues, and is planning to open up six more this summer depending on staffing, said Dr. Shawn Young, the chief operating officer at Health Sciences Centre, at a Friday morning news conference held to address the report.

The opening of a new treatment clinic for minor injuries this summer should also help people get more timely care, he said. 

Ideally, the hospital would open more ER beds, but staffing presents a challenge, he said.

“Would I love to open 30 beds? For sure, but would

Contract Awarded to Expand and Make improvements to Emergency Office at Health and fitness Sciences Centre

A deal valued at $40.5 million has been awarded to Marco Group to improve and broaden the unexpected emergency department at the Wellness Sciences Centre in St. John’s. The new infrastructure will maximize access to health and fitness care and guarantee that acceptable infrastructure is in place to fulfill long run health care desires.

The Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Solutions, announced currently that the construction job will include the redevelopment of 2,230 square metres of the recent place, as nicely as the design of a new 2,690 square metre extension.

The new emergency department will provide patients at the Wellbeing Sciences Centre and the new adult mental overall health and addictions hospital, and will contain a psychiatric assessment device, large acuity-trauma device, care initiation spot, ambulance parking garage, medical imaging suite, administration region and a new entrance and registration location.

The structure of the new emergency division was facilitated by major industry specialists, and has been sized to meet predicted future affected individual need and acuity degrees in line with demographic projections. Its structure is primarily based on market tendencies and finest practices made to assist efficient, effective, and lean workflows in the delivery of affected individual care.

Design of the new emergency office is expected to be finished in 2026. Its structure can be viewed on-line at: https://youtu.be/idJTHX95wAM

The expansion is in addition to the building of the new adult psychological health and addictions clinic, currently less than development at the web site. A parking garage for personnel with areas for 1,000 autos opened at the Health Sciences Centre campus in November 2021.

Info on tenders issued and awarded by the section and other community bodies is accessible by browsing www.merx.com/govnl.

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New well being-care centre to be created in Sooke by 2025

The one site housing a group wellness centre and urgent and most important care centre at 6671 Wadams Way will be the initial of its form in the Island Wellbeing region.

A new built-in health and fitness-treatment centre will be designed in the heart of Sooke village by 2025, previous premier John Horgan introduced Thursday.

The clinic will consolidate what’s offered now, which includes the West Coast Healthcare Clinic, and then extra than double the range of health professionals, nurses and counsellors functioning in the spot to about 40 from about 19.

Funding is in put for the new employees, who will be extra incrementally around the upcoming handful of several years.

The one web page housing a local community wellbeing centre and urgent and key treatment centre at 6671 Wadams Way will be the to start with of its sort in the Island Health and fitness area.

The new centre will be group ruled and operated by the Sooke Location Communities Health Community. The capital cost has not nevertheless been disclosed.

“This is going to be an integrated community procedure that has been pushed by the docs,” stated Horgan, speaking at the new web site in Sooke on Thursday. “We will have culturally harmless supports, mental-wellbeing assistance, substance-abuse expert services, and every single other main-care initiative you can envision.”

The crew is predicted to include things like household medical professionals, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychological-overall health and material-use employees and other allied overall health vendors.

The new staff will complement the current staff members performing at West Coastline Spouse and children Drugs Clinic.

There are now about 19 wellbeing-care employees, together with 11 relatives medical professionals in the clinic, functioning with Island Health team in the place.

The Overall health Ministry is furnishing funding to retain the services of

Kingston centre to host ‘historic’ psychedelic trial for health-care workers

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A Kingston organization is assisting with a clinical trial to examine the effects of the psychedelic compound psilocybin on the mental health of front-line health-care providers.

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Neuma Centre for Social Wellness, Kingston’s first legal psychedelic community health facility, will help administer the ATMA Journey Centers Inc. trial, which is looking to include 500 participants across Canada.

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It’s the largest psilocybin clinical trial in the world to date, Cory Firth, co-creator and community director with Neuma Centre, told the Whig-Standard.

“It’s a pretty historic trial that

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